RELIEVE SEASONAL ALLERGIES NATURALLY
As allergy season is upon us many are seeking ways to help relieve or even prevent seasonal allergies naturally. Here are a few suggestions.
A LIST OF NATURAL ANTIHISTAMINES
Quercetin (found in onions, apples, tea, tomatoes and more)
Omega 3’s and Fish Oil
Bromelain (found in pineapple)
FOODS TO EAT TO HELP WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES
Elderberries, Immune-strengthening elderberries are often hailed as a natural flu treatment, but the berries serve a purpose in natural allergy relief, too. Try elderberry wine, juice, or jam to tap the fruit's beneficial flavonoids that reduce inflammation.
Onions, peppers, berries, apples and parsley all have quercetin. Elson Haas, MD, who practices integrative medicine, says quercetin is a natural plant chemical. According to Haas, this chemical may reduce “histamine reactions.” Histamines are part of the allergic response.
Kiwi, is a fuzzy fruit rich in vitamin C. It can also cut down on histamines. You can get Vitamin C from lots of foods, including oranges and other citrus fruit plus tomotos.
Pineapple, has an enzyme called bromelain. According to Lawrence Rosen, MD, bromelain can reduce irritation in allergic diseases such as asthma.
Fatty Fish, tuna, salmon, and mackerel have Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 can help reduce inflammation. Go for two servings of fish every week. A study from Japan found that women who ate more fish had lower levels of hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis.
Kefir, is a yogurt like drink that contains probiotics. These are good-for-you bacteria that live in your gut. Rosen says they may help prevent and even treat seasonal allergies. You can get probiotics in fermented foods. Look for yogurts that say “live active cultures” on the label. Sauerkraut and kimchi are also good sources. Or Deborah at New Life Spa Wellness Center can teach you how to make you own for pennies.
Local Honey, The research is mixed on whether local honey helps you head off allergies. “If you take small doses of the honey early in the season," Rosen says, "you may develop a tolerance toward pollen in your area.” One study found that people who ate birch pollen honey had fewer symptoms of birch pollen allergy than those who ate regular honey. It’s not a sure thing, but see if it works for you.
Broccoli, Researchers have found that 500mg of vitamin C a day can help to ease allergy symptoms. One cup of raw broccoli packs about 80mg, making it an ideal step in relieving allergies. This versatile green veg is also a member of the cruciferous family, which has been proven to clear blocked-up sinuses.
Turmeric, It’s the super food du jour, and turmeric helps prevent the release of histamine, one of the main causes of hay fever. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so this spectacular spice can ease the symptoms as well as fight them from the onset.
Garlic, These powerful little bulbs are also great allergy fighters, as they work as decongestants, helping to ease sneezes and sniffles. If you’re brave enough, crush them, leave them to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to release the active ingredients, before eating raw.
Green Tea, Green tea is commonly used as a weight loss aid, but the health benefits of green tea are not limited to weight loss benefits. Scientific evidence suggests that green tea may also be helpful for treating allergies. Catechins, the same compounds that are responsible for green tea's weight loss promoting properties, have been shown to inhibit the enzyme that converts histidine to histamine. To maximize the release of catechins, use loose tea leaves instead of tea bags and let the tea stand for five minutes. Furthermore, research suggests that complementing green tea with a substance high in vitamin C (e.g. fruit juice naturally rich in vitamin C) can make the catechins more available to the body.
Peppermint: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, pain relieving.
Basil: antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant.
Eucalyptus: expectorant, mucolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral.
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